Greene County prosecutor files sex crimes charges against youth coach
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Greene County prosecutor has filed sex crime charges against a youth basketball coach.
Antwuan Looney, 52, faces two counts of child molestation and multiple counts of first degree sodomy, first degree rape and statutory rape.
Court records confirm he has at least five juvenile victims and three other suspected victims.
Investigators say the abuse started as early as 1995 and in some cases lasted for years. Antwuan Looney’s daughter, Shatara Looney, tells KY3 she had to speak up after 25 years of her father abusing young girls.
“I don’t want him to come home and I’m pretty sure nobody else wants him to come home if he’s going to continue to hurt other kids,” Shatara Looney says.
Shatara Looney says she wants to protect her loved ones from her father.
“One word. One voice. One person isn’t enough,” Shatara Looney says. “I thought she was lying until I heard other people mention it. I decided to go live one day and my one live video, I had multiple women inboxing me and telling me their stories.”
One victim told investigators she was sexually abused by Looney in 2008, which started when she was 10 years old and that lasted around four years.
In a police report filed in 2004, a 13-year-old girl claimed that Looney was her basketball coach and he touched her inappropriately in her bedroom.
Investigators say another victim recounted several incidents where Looney raped or sexually abused her, all when she was around nine-years-old.
Shatara Looney says people didn’t believe her when she told them her father was abusing kids because he always came off as likeable.
“There are so many kids out there who he coached so you should talk to your kids,” Shatara Looney says. “You never know if they ever said anything or if they even ever felt uncomfortable if they were around him.”
When he was questioned by detectives, Looney denied all of the allegations against him. He is being held in the Greene County jail without bond.
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